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List of Idioms And Phrases

Candidates can go through the list of idioms and phrases given below. These are the phrases that are frequently asked in various competitive exams. Candidates are advised to download the pdf for more idioms and phrases and also by heart them if they are looking for a smooth ride in the English section. 

Idioms And Phrases

  1. Decked up – put on special clothes to appear particularly appealing and attractive
  2. Doing the rounds – to be passed from one person to another
  3. Between the cup and the lips – On the point of achievement
  4. A damp squib – Complete failure
  5. Put off – an evasive reply, to delay doing something, especially because you do not want to do it
  6. A dime a dozen – Anything that is common and easy to get
  7. Cast iron stomach– Someone who has no problems, complications or ill effects with eating anything
  8. A mare’s nest– A false invention
  9. Takes a beating – to be damaged because of performing badly or being criticized
  10. A chip on your shoulder – Being upset for something that happened in the past
  11. A toss-up – A result that is still unclear and can go either way
  12. An iron hand – By force
  13. A taste of your own medicine – When you are mistreated the same way you mistreat others
  14. At the drop of a hat – Willing to do something immediately
  15. A man of straw – A weak person
  16. Bite your tongue – To avoid talking
  17. An eyewash – A pretence
  18. At sixes and seven– Persons who are having different opinions
  19. Bite off more than you can chew – To take on a task that is way too big to handle
  20. Can’t cut the mustard– Someone who isn’t adequate enough to compete or participate
  21. Call a spade a spade– Straight talks
  22. Don’t count your chickens before they hatch– Don’t rely on it until you sure of it
  23. Dog days of summer– The hottest day of the summer season
  24. Ever and anon– Now and then, occasionally
  25. Field day– An enjoyable day or circumstance
  26. Bits and Pieces– small things of different types
  27.  Kick the bucket– Die
  28. Know the ropes– To understand the details
  29. Latin and Greek– Unable to understand
  30. Like a chicken with its head cut off– To act in a frenzied manner, crazily

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